Over 100 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at three slums in Rail gate area of the port city on Saturday night.
Three firefighting units from Chandanpur, Agrabad and Bayzid Station doused the fire at 12:30 am after several hours of frantic efforts, said Jashim Uddin, Deputy Assistant Director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defense.
The fire originated from an electric short circuit at Jashim’s colony around 9:45 pm and soon spread to two adjacent slums in the area, he said.
The fire burned down 47 shanties at Jashim’s colony, 40 shanties at Ali Akbar Colony while 27 others at Rahim Colony.
The loss incurred by the fire was estimated at around TK 25 lakhs, Fire Service sources said.unb